COLUMBUS, OH -- Ohio's annual Fall Color season is an ideal
time for a weekend or week-long getaway to a state park resort
lodge or cozy woodland cottage, according to the Ohio Department
of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Availabilities remain throughout September and October at the
eight parks featuring
lodges and the
15 parks with fully equipped cottages. Reservations are
available by calling 1-800-AT-A-PARK for all parks except Deer
Creek State Park. Deer Creek's toll-free reservation number is
Ohio State Park lodges and cottages are strategically located
in some of the most pristine and rustic natural settings in the
state. Recreational opportunities abound, including wildlife
watching, hiking, bicycling, boating, golfing or gathering around
a crackling fireplace for an evening of board games.
furnished and heated family cottages are a feature of Hueston
Woods State Park in Preble County, Cowan Lake State Park in
Clinton County, Hocking Hills State Park in Hocking County, Burr
Oak State Park in Morgan County, Deer Creek State Park in Pickaway
County, Buck Creek State Park in Clark County, Maumee Bay State
Park in Lucas County, Punderson State Park in Geauga County,
Mohican State Park in Ashland County, Dillon State Park in
Muskingum County, Salt Fork State Park in Guernsey County, Pike
Lake State Park in Pike County, Pymatuning State Park in Ashtabula
County and Shawnee State Park in Scioto County.
Each two-bedroom family cottage sleeps six and has a screened
porch; bath with shower; living room with convertible sofa and
color television; and kitchen with range, microwave and
refrigerator/freezer. All linens, dishes and kitchen utensils are
provided. Many also offer gas-log fireplaces and cable or
satellite television, and a few feature hot tubs.
Lake Hope State Park in Vinton County features newly
refurbished "forest" and "iron furnace" cottages with wood-burning
stone fireplaces. Forest cottages sleep four to six people. Iron
furnace cottages have two bedrooms and sleep four. Each is fully
furnished and equipped with kitchen utensils, dishes and linens.
The standard cottages at Pymatuning State Park in Ashtabula
County and Pike Lake State Park in Pike County are a bit more
rustic with living-dining and sleeping areas separated by a
divider or curtain. All offer color televisions, kitchen with
range and refrigerator and private bath with shower. Like the
family cottages, standard cottages come with all dishes, utensils
and linens provided.
Resort lodges with full amenities await visitors at Hueston
Woods State Park, Shawnee State Park, Burr Oak State Park, Deer
Creek State Park, Salt Fork State Park, Mohican State Park, Maumee
Bay State Park and Punderson State Park.
Ohio State Park resort lodges are year-round getaway
destinations for couples, friends and families. All feature
full-service dining rooms, lounges, game rooms, gift shops and
indoor pools with saunas and hot tubs. Many also offer tennis,
shuffleboard and volleyball courts. Salt Fork, Shawnee, Punderson,
Maumee Bay, Deer Creek and Hueston Woods are also home to 18-hole
golf courses and complete pro shops.
Check the ODNR web site at ohiodnr.com for Fall Color updates
and special offers and packages in Ohio State Parks cottages and